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Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age David Palumbo-Liu

Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age

David Palumbo-Liu

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ISBN : 9781283542159
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242 pages
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The Deliverance of Others is a compelling reappraisal of the idea that narrative literature can expand readers empathy. What happens if, amid the voluminous influx of otherness facilitated by globalization, we continue the tradition of valorizingMoreThe Deliverance of Others is a compelling reappraisal of the idea that narrative literature can expand readers empathy. What happens if, amid the voluminous influx of otherness facilitated by globalization, we continue the tradition of valorizing literature for bringing the lives of others to us, admitting them into our world and valuing the difference that they introduce into our lives? In this new historical situation, are we not forced to determine how much otherness is acceptable, as opposed to how much is excessive, disruptive, and disturbing?The influential literary critic David Palumbo-Liu suggests that we can arrive at a sense of responsibility toward others by reconsidering the discourses of sameness that deliver those unlike ourselves to us. Through virtuoso readings of novels by J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ruth Ozeki, he shows how notions that would seem to offer some basis for commensurability between selves and others—ideas of rationality, the family, the body, and affect—become less stable as they try to accommodate more radical types of otherness. For Palumbo-Liu, the reading of literature is an ethical act, a way of thinking through our relations to others.